Briggs: I’m Excited About New Challenge With UL Bohs – Irish Rugby


Niamh Briggs says she’s enthusiastic about her new function within the Energia Girls’s Energia All-Eire League and entering into the place of Head Coach for the primary time.

The Waterford native completed her final full season as a participant in 2019 with the award for prime scorer within the Girls’s AIL and it was introduced earlier she was entering into the teaching function vacated by Fiona Hayes with UL Bohemian.

“It’s huge footwear to fill when it comes to the calibre of coaches which have gone earlier than me,” Briggs informed “I actually loved working with Fiona Hayes and in that respect I’ll positively miss her however I’m excited too. It’s a brand new problem and possibly makes the blow of not having the ability to play any extra a bit of bit softer.” 

“I type of fell into it by chance after which realised I had an actual ardour for it. I genuinely took lots of pleasure out of seeing gamers develop and get higher. 

“As a participant I used to be most likely that bit arduous on myself and the gamers round me whereas I’ve discovered as a coach that there’s positively a softer aspect to me.  

“When Fiona [Hayes] requested me to come back and coach in Bohs, I believe I used to be simply glad to be concerned to be sincere. I wasn’t able to stroll away from the sport. 

“I’ve performed with and am associates with nearly all of these ladies. They had been tremendous final yr and I’ve discovered lots from them, Fiona and the membership. When the chance got here up, it felt like a pure development. 

“I’ve received the backing from the membership when it comes to the imaginative and prescient of the place we have to go from the underage arrange proper via to the senior aspect. It’s a giant problem however I’m actually trying ahead to it. 

“Bohs have an unimaginable report at senior stage and the quantity of gamers who’ve performed for Eire speaks for itself. We’ve been fortunate in how we’ve married the faculty group with the membership group however there’s extra work to be finished in creating extra gamers via from the underage construction and the membership are actually supportive of that.” 

Energia All-Eire Girls’s League  – UL Bohemians have a good time a strive – Necessary Credit score ©INPHO/Tom O’Hanlon

The membership are making ready for an expanded 10 group Energia All-Eire League for the 2021/22 season, however that’s not with out its challenges after such an extended interval of inactivity.

“We’ve had lots of younger ladies within the squad who haven’t had any rugby over the previous couple of seasons due to covid,” she mentioned. “Getting up to the mark and as much as scratch goes to be a giant problem and we need to evolve from the place we had been final yr to the place we need to go.” 

“Ladies are determined for rugby and video games and competitors.”

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